Best Movies Based in DC (and their Iconic Locations)

I still get excited when my adopted hometown of Washington, DC is featured in a movie. My heart sings when I watch real live on-location shots in DC, as well as films set in DC and faithfully represented (though possibly shot elsewhere).I especially love catching a glimpse of some of my favorite Washington addresses on film, such as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, East Capitol St NE & First St SE, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle and more. Addressy, the address verification service for websites, Read more...

Goodbye Christopher Robin Explores Parenting and History

My daughter Eve and I had the chance to head to New York City for the opening of the new film, Goodbye Christopher Robin. Hand in hand, my 11 year old beauty and I took two days off for this deliciously fun assignment of reviewing the film for parents and kids.We laughed, lunched, explored the city, shopped and did loads of touristy Manhattany things.Then we got all dressed up for the official New York screening of the film, reveling in the glamour of the opening night. We heard Read more...

Gifted: Great Film for Tweens, Teens and Parents

What makes a good life for our kids?This is the question we parents ask ourselves throughout our days, and countlessly over the years.The new film GIFTED gets right to the heart of the question, exploring the importance of family, education and happiness in a child's development. Tell me if these worries sound familiar..."Should we encourage our child to apply for that magnet school program, or would she be happier going to her home school with her friends?""Is this school Read more...

Olive Garden Fun Pass: Go Out to Dinner, Earn a Family Outing

Going out to dinner as a family and then to a fun activity such as a movie, bowling, mini golf or roller skating sounds like an ideal way to spend quality time together. But as the mom of a family of five, I know firsthand how hefty the final tab on a night like that can be. That is why I am always on the lookout for kids eat free and family discount deals.One of the coolest ones I have found is Olive Garden's Fun Pass promotion. This is only available for a limited time (through October Read more...

iPic Theaters in North Bethesda Opening: Halloween Party, Free Tickets, Free Memberships

 Ground-breaking new luxury movie theater (that is actually affordable!) Free Halloween family event on Friday October 31 when school is out and open house celebrations through Thursday November 6Free Premium Seating movie ticket when you join by November 5Future fabulous dinner and movie date nights and memorable family movie experiences  iPic Theater Opens in North Bethesda on Friday October 31 Have you heard about the new iPic Theater opening at North Bethesda's Read more...

My Interview with Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and Director Jake Kasdan

Why would a Hollywood studio fly out a group of mom bloggers, me included, to be a part of the Los Angeles media junket for Sex Tape?I mean, just typing the words SEX TAPE may have landed this in your spam filters or blocked by your network administrator.And don't I usually write on this blog about where to find things to do with your kids?Well, first of all, don't see it with your kids!  The comedy is a great date movie or women's night out flick. I saw it, and I recommend you Read more...

Whistlefritz: Spanish and French Immersion Learning for Kids (at home!)

I have heard loads of great things about Whistlefritz Spanish for Kids and French for Kids language learning DVDs and CDs, but I had no idea that the company was based right here in the DC area in Glen Echo, Maryland! Heidi Stock is the founder and CEO of this award-winning language program for children, and she is herself a mother of two.Eager to learn more about the Whistlefritz philosophy of teaching children Spanish and French in the same way they learned their first language, I was Read more...

Middle of Nowhere Opens Friday October 12 at Regal Gallery Place

Reason #4371 why I love living in the Washington, DC Metro area:We get to see limited-release, incredible films such as Middle of Nowhere.Don't miss this film while it is showing at Regal Gallery Place this weekend! Tomorrow is opening day for the film that won independent writer-director Ava DuVernay the 2012 Sundance Best Director Award.  Middle of Nowhere is a portrait of a woman struggling between two worlds and two men in the search for herself. The film deals with the very Read more...

Disney Fairies Secret of the Wings Free Screening Saturday October 13

Come on over to A Parent in Silver Spring on Facebook and download up to FOUR free pre-screening tickets for the special theatre showing of the new straight-to-DVD-and-BluRay film by Disney, Secret of the Wings.Click the FREE SCREENING button in the header of my Facebook page and you will be given a link and code to download your tickets.If you have not yet attended one of these free screenings, especially if you are bringing your kids, there are some essential facts I must tell you, Read more...